The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a war of aggression that we condemn in the strongest possible terms. We are very worried about the people in Ukraine. With our research and expertise on Ukraine and the entire region of Eastern Europe, we at ZOiS will continue to contribute to the fact-based assessment of the situation. We also strive to maintain our contacts with researchers, journalists and artists who are in need, have had to flee, or come under political pressure, regardless of where they are located.
Our online dossier gathers relevant background information from our archive in addition to recent articles and assessments by ZOiS experts.
ZOiS Experts in the Media
Interview with Gwendolyn Sasse for Cicero (01/02/2023)
TV interview with Nadja Douglas for Deutsche Welle, starting at minute 15:12 (31/12/2023)
Interview with Regina Elsner on ORF III (26/01/2023)
Article with assessments by Regina Elsner for swiss-cath.ch (18/01/2023)
Article with assessments by Nadja Douglas in Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (17/01/2023)
Article with assessments by Gwendolyn Sasse (13/01/2023)
Article with assessments by Félix Krawatzek (12/01/2023)
Interview with assessments by Gwendolyn Sasse on MDR-Nachrichtenradio (11/01/2023)
Article with reference to Gwendolyn Sasse in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (06/01/2023)
Interview with Regina Elsner on WDR (05/01/2022)
Guest article by Gwendolyn Sasse in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (05/01/2022)
Article with assessments by Beate Eschment on Deutsche Welle (04/01/2022)
Guest article by Regina Elsner and Thomas Bremer in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (03/01/2023)
Event report with Regina Elsner on RBB Inforadio (01/01/2023)
External publications by ZOiS experts
In a guest article for the National Catholic Reporter, Regina Elsner and her co-authors call on the Vatican to take a clearer position on the Russia-Ukraine war.
In a guest commentary in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Beate Eschment describes the political situation in Kazakhstan against the background of the war in Ukraine.
In a guest article for Il Regno, Regina Elsner and her co-authors analyse the relationship between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church in the context of Russia's war against Ukraine.
On Carnegie Europe's blog Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe, Gwendolyn Sasse analyses the state of the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. While Ukraine seems willing to accept a neutral status in return for firm security guarantees, Russia is not displaying the required political will.
In a guest article for The Conversation, Félix Krawatzek examines Putin's image and instrumentalisation of history.
Regina Elsner and Tobias Köllner explore Russia’s political relationship with religion and its utilisation to build a strong nationalist identity, as well as how this relationship shapes the country’s foreign affairs.
On the SCRIPTS blog, Tatiana Zhurzhenko writes about the implications of Russia's war on Ukraine regarding Ukraine’s borders and border regions and assesses what it means for the liberal script.
At a panel discussion organised by Domschule Würzburg, Regina Elsner speaks about the role of religion in Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
For the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Regina Elsner comments the implications of Russia's war on Ukraine for the Russian-Orthodox chuch.
Increasing repression and disinformation over the past years in Russia make it unlikely that current Western economic sanctions will have a large-scale mobilisation effect on the Russian people against the Putin regime. While the current sanctions regime is comprehensive, it needs a ban on Russian gas and oil imports by the EU and the US in order to deprive the Putin regime of respective revenues, which are the fundamental pillar on which its survival is based, argues Julia Langbein.
organised by The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. Featuring Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun (University College Stockholm), Brandon Gallaher (University of Exeter), Regina Elsner (Centre for East European and International Studies), and Sean Casey (Harvard Divinity School). Moderated by Aristotle Papanikolaou (Fordham University).
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will have profound consequences for the stability of the region and for the future of European security, not to mention the immense human suffering.